Cantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms.
But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment—finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone.
With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.
Paul, an award-winning writer (Dragon Keepers Chronicles) and doting grandmother, writes stories her grandchildren devour. Other readers will enjoy them, too. Cantor D'Ahma, the hero of the first installment of Realm Walkers, is a young realm walker: he crosses between worlds in the service of the good and the right. Just exactly what those good things are is hard for him to determine as shapes shift, allegiances change, and nothing is quite what it seems. Accompanied by his Mor Dragon and his friends Bixby and Dukmee, he begins his quest to uncover the truth before it is too late to save the realm. Middle-grade readers of both genders will find much here to entertain and challenge their ideas of how things ought to be. With its well-developed male protagonist, this new fantasy should especially appeal to boys who are fantasy fans. Ages 8-12.